Vancouver Waldorf School | High School Curriculum

High School Curriculum

Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able, of themselves, to impart purpose and direction to their lives.

~ Rudolf Steiner

Ninth Grade

  • English: literature, English skills, grammar, composition, vocabulary, speech.
  • Foreign Language: Spanish, French, German or Japanese (varies by school).
  • Math: algebra 1, probability and statistics, introduction to computer education.
  • Science: chemistry, physics, biology, geography.
  • Canadian History: early Canadian history and government.
  • World History: revolutions and history through art.
  • Music: performing choir, orchestra, and jazz band or beginning instruments (varies by school).
  • Art/Crafts: black and white drawing, woodworking, drama, calligraphy, clay (varies by school).
  • P.E. and eurythmy.

Tenth Grade

  • English: literature, term paper writing, grammar, composition, speech, poetry.
  • Foreign Language: Level II Spanish, French, German or Japanese (varies by school).
  • Math: geometry and surveying.
  • Science: chemistry, physics, biology and geography.
  • Canadian History: the period 1789 through 1914.
  • World History: ancient history, Greece, and the Far East.
  • Music: performing choir, orchestra, and jazz band or beginning instruments (varies by school).
  • Art/Crafts: drama, woodworking, block printing, weaving, clay, pottery, drawing, painting (varies by school).
  • P.E., eurythmy, health, keyboarding, and first aid.

Eleventh Grade

  • English: literature, composition, grammar, and vocabulary.
  • Foreign Language: Level III Spanish, French or German.
  • Math: advanced algebra, computer science (varies by school).
  • Science: chemistry, physics, biology, biology lab.
  • Canadian History: World Wars to the present.
  • World History: Rome, The Middle Ages, and The Renaissance, music history.
  • Music: performing choir, orchestra, jazz band or string ensemble (varies by school).
  • Art/Crafts: bookbinding, clay, life drawing, drama, woodcarving (varies by school).
  • P.E. and eurythmy.

Twelfth Grade

  • Grade 12 Project: Independent Research Project
  • English: literature, review of English skills, word usage, vocabulary, composition, honors program.
  • Foreign language: Level IV Spanish, German or French, Honors program and AP (varies by school).
  • Math: trigonometry, pre-calculus and/or advanced math, AP.
  • Science: Chemistry, physics, biology, Honors program and AP (varies by school).
  • Canadian History: development of the 19th and 20th century economic theory from the rise of mercantilism to the present.
  • World History: architecture, modern art, Third World nations, symptomatology.
  • Music: performing choir, orchestra, Honors program (varies by school).
  • Art/Crafts: clay sculpture, carpentry, jewelry, graphic design, metalwork, Honors program (varies by school).
  • P.E. and eurythmy.

Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of our High School program, students will be awarded a Vancouver Waldorf High School Certificate and a Dogwood Diploma, the BC School Completion Certificate.

In order to graduate with a Dogwood, every student must pass certain basic courses, like English, Mathematics and Science. Of the 80 credits for graduation, at least 16 must be at the Grade 12 level, including a Grade 12 Language Arts course. View the BC Ministry of Education Graduation Requirements.

For more information, contact our Admissions Coordinator
604-985-7435 ext 200